The London publishing world is the setting for this very British mystery. Publisher Alex Plumtree searches for his missing bestselling author, the anonymous ``Arthur,'' while keeping one step ahead of the mysterious person who is trying to prevent him from publishing Arthur's explosive new book. Arthur's first book about the kidnapping and selling of English refugee children during WW II was a stunning success for Plumtree Press. The sequel--which will reveal the horrifying story to be fact, not fiction, and will disclose the identity of the kidnapper--is complete except for the last five chapters. The kidnapper will stop at nothing--even murder--to prevent the book's release. The kidnapper even tries to frame Alex's recently deceased father as the culprit, prompting Alex to dig into old family records to clear his father's name. As Alex tracks Arthur and the deadly villain, he fears that his friend (and unrequited love) Sarah Townsend is the killer's next target. Bemused, modest Alex is a detailed but not terribly exciting narrator. Rampant coincidences and dropped storylines make the plot of this debut rather far-fetched.